June 23, 2022
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
Bring Light
I will make you a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.
Isaiah 49:6

I was doing my best to carry out my employer’s new directives. There wasn’t anything unethical or immoral about the changes, but one of my colleagues didn’t agree with them and wasn’t reluctant about sharing that disagreement with our team’s contractors. The meetings, phone calls and emails grew increasingly contentious. I couldn’t go to his boss or mine about the situation, so I started praying the Jesus prayer (“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner”) before any encounter. It helped me measure my words and refrain from returning fire with fire.

After several months, the colleague departed. The project moved toward completion. One of the contractors sent me an apology after he read something I’d written in Living Faith. In one of my most trying professional situations, Jesus had used me to bring light.

Jesus, give me the faith and courage to let your light shine through me.

- Melanie Rigney

Isaiah 49:1-6 • Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15 Acts 13:22-26 • Luke 1:57-66, 80

Comments

June 23, 2022 at 04:49 PM

Lord, may my actions bring light to those I encounter this week. A beautiful backdrop for the devotion today. With city light pollution, I rarely get to see the heavens so bright.

June 23, 2022 at 01:33 PM

"Jesus, give me the faith and courage to let Your light shine through me!" Amen, Melanie! *** John 8:12, "He (Jesus) said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” *** John 12:46, "I (Jesus) have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness." *** Matthew 5:14-16, "You (Christ followers) are the light (Christ Light) of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." *** 2 Corinthians 4:6, "For God, Who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ." *** John 3:19-21, "This is the verdict: Light (Jesus) has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God." *** 1 John 1:5-7, "This is the message we have heard from Him (Jesus) and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.: *** Ephesians 5:13-14, "But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” *******What If by Matthew West ft. Lathan Warlick https://youtu.be/Wh86vWfMjRg

June 23, 2022 at 11:22 AM

Amen.

June 23, 2022 at 10:14 AM

Thank you Melanie, great reflection!

June 23, 2022 at 09:16 AM

Thank you Melanie for sharing your difficult situation at work and how Jesus helped you through it! Many of my colleagues and myself are going through a difficult time at work and, after a frustrating, fearful, and angry period of time, He has lead me and many of us to a peaceful place. The possibility of us being let go due to a choice our employer made last year still hangs over our heads after more than 9 months, but He leads us and helps us keep our eyes on Him. Praise God!!

Melanie
June 23, 2022 at 09:31 AM

Marko, I will be praying intentionally for you and your colleagues today. Keep believing in the Lord! --Blessings, Melanie

June 23, 2022 at 08:26 AM

Amen! Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord Jesus Christ have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever.. Amen Holy Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we ask that you release your warrior angels and heavenly hosts. We decry and declare that they would take us off the enemies' radar and scramble the enemies frequencies (airwaves). Your Kingdom must come now. Your will must be done right now, as in the heavens, also on earth. Amen Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host - by the power of God - Cast into hell satan and all evil spirits that prowl about the earth seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

June 23, 2022 at 08:18 AM

Amen. :)

June 23, 2022 at 07:41 AM

Jesus, You are the light of the world. Fill my mind with Your peace and my heart with Your love.

June 23, 2022 at 07:28 AM

A real-life example of how to bring God’s power and love into the frustrations and struggles we encounter all the time. Thank you, Melanie!

June 23, 2022 at 07:09 AM

When we go through the storms of life, as we cling to Our Lord, He is there always guiding and leading us. Thank you Miss Melanie

June 23, 2022 at 04:11 AM

Help us Father to be the lights of Jesus Christ, your beloved son, and Lord of all.

Cheryl
June 23, 2022 at 07:10 AM

Amen

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